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Always Loretta and The Coalminers

January 16, 2025 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Always Loretta, the ultimate tribute show to Loretta Lynn that includes a special performance of the original Coalminers, Loretta’s longtime touring band, and features Emily Portman. Portman will bring her signature Loretta Lynn flared sound to the stage, which she did during the touring production of Conway Twitty, The Man, The Music, The Legend, The Musical.

“We lost a legend in Country music and she was an artist that paved the way for so many of us,” says Emily Portman. “I was honored to know her, to have her blessing in portraying her, and it’s a bigger honor to continue carrying on her legacy.”

The original Coalminers who worked with Loretta Lynn include Dave Thornhill, Lead guitar and band leader for 55 years; Bob Hempker, Steel guitar for 55 years; Dennis Digby, Bass guitar for 15 years; Monty Parkey, Piano for 5 years.

“When I play a ‘Loretta Lynn Tribute’ show with Emily, it takes me back to 1967 when I played my first show with Loretta. After my 55 years and 10,000 plus shows, playing lead guitar with Loretta, it’s like I’m starting all over again,” says Dave Thornhill, Loretta Lynn’s former band leader, and lead guitarist.

This special tribute show is authorized by The Loretta Lynn Family and will take you on a journey in remembering all the big country hits Loretta Lynn had.

George, Conway, and Loretta were all one-word names in Country music and, at one time, were all traveling together on a package tour that sold out across America. Now in 2023, with all three country giants gone, their music still lives on!


January 16, 2025
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Thrasher-Horne Center
283 College Drive
Orange Park, FL 32065 United States
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